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Tower's have Maur to offer


DETERMINED Round Tower, Clondalkin's strong second-half showing was enough to see off the challenge of fellow top-of-the-table challengers St Maur's in their Dublin MFL 3 clash in Moyle Park on Sunday morning.

It means that the Clondalkin men continue their impressive 100pc opening in the division, having now won their opening six matches on the bounce.

For Maur's, it is a game that they will look back upon with regret. They played with the aid of a stiff breeze in the opening period and completely dominated for the first 25 minutes, yet found themselves trailing at the break, 1-3 to 0-5.

They started the game in blistering fashion and raced into an early lead. A brace of points from Gary O'Brien sandwiched between efforts from David Carthy and Conor McGuinness put them four clear inside 10 minutes.

It could have been worse for Tower's but for some brilliant defending by their full-back, Graham Bolger, who dispossessed Kevin Watson as the latter was about to pull the trigger from just five metres out from goal and looking set to rattle the net.

Evidence of Maur's dominance could be found in the fact that the winners didn't get their first score until the 20th minute, when Alan Gavin slotted over a close-range free.

Gavin added another from play as Tower's, with their midfield of Fergus Callaly and Michael Walsh beginning to grow in influence, finally found some momentum and would hit another 1-1 before the interval to nose one point in front.

Callaly and Maur's Jack Burke traded points before Tower's hit their first goal.

And it was a super effort. Walsh gathered the ball in the middle before powering through the Maur's defence.

His initial shot cannoned off the crossbar but he reacted the quickest to the rebound and made no mistake with his second attempt to give his side the lead for the first time.

The second period began much like the first with one side dominating.

Except this time it was Tower's turn to pile on the pressure. They proved much more ruthless and clinical in front of goal than their opponents, as they scored 1-5 inside ten minutes of the restart.

If their first goal was all about the individual brilliance of Walsh, the second was a real team effort.

Gavin, who was picking up a lot of loose ball around the middle, fed Joey Murphy. Space suddenly opened up in front of the centre-forward and he carried at pace before laying off to Shane Bowen who fired home from close range. O'Brien responded with a massive effort into the wind but amazingly it would be the last time Maur's would trouble the umpires.

Tower's added a further nine points without reply, Dan Gregg and Michael Walsh the tormentors-in-chief.

Maur's, in particular O'Brien, Watson and Graham Martin, continued to battle and were almost thrown a lifeline but a wonder save from Eoin Heffernan denied Jack Burke a goal.

In truth, it would have only served as consolation. Tower's powered home and will now hope a six-week gap because of the Leaving Cert to their next match will not break their momentum.